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The Budget Mascara You Shouldn’t be Without

Rimmel Day2Night Mascara

I think everyone can agree about the impact a great mascara can have in terms of the general “awakeness” of your face. Like most of you, I’ve tried tons at all stages of the budget spectrum. Some, such as YSL Faux Cils were amazing for the first week or so, but then somehow the law of diminishing returns kicks in, and they become rather average. Preparing for a night out, and unable to find my existing Benefit mascara, I booted up to the nearest chemist, and bought Rimmel’s Day2Night mascara having remembered hearing good things about it yonks ago. Day2Night has actually been around for about five years, but somehow managed to slip under my radar until now. But what can I say, I’m converted! The beauty of this mascara is that it gives you the option of extra volume or extra length with its schneaky little brush applicator, which is actually the same brush, although you will think it is two. As if by magic, it achieves both effects, and well! Needless to say if you want to up the ante, you can go for both – why hold back! Downsides? It is not available in a waterproof version. Having said that, it will easily last through the evening without the dreaded panda-eye effect. Also, if it’s only lengthening you’re after, you may be better served with mascaras aimed specifically at that purpose. However, for €9.99, I doubt very much, you’ll find a better mascara for the price!
Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara

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The Hero Beauty Product Every Woman Needs

Benefit High Beam Highlighter

I am soooo late to this party, the guests have all left, the carpet has been hoovered and dishwasher has already been emptied! What can I say, I’m a 5 minute make-up sort of girl. I stick to the products that I’ve used for years, because quite frankly, I haven’t found any that work any better. So it came to happen that while queing at Boots, I looked at the Benefit stand to my right which was brimming with minature sized Benefit goodies at very reasonable prices. Well let’s just say ladies, my interest was piqued, and I was drawn to the tiny 4ml bottle of High Beam for a mere €6.50, or if you have a bucket load of Boots points as I had, FREE!

To say this stuff is good is ridiculous – it’s positively amazeyballs! Applied to the forehead in an upward V from the brows, along the centre of the nose, top of the cheeks, and just a dab on the chin, this highlighter will make you look positively glowing.  After wearing this, I got so many compliments, including from the hubbie, who refused to believe my newly-found radiance was from a bottle. (Trust me love, this “natural glow” comes to you courtesy of 650 Boots reward points!). 6 weeks later, I still have loads left in the mini-size, so the larger bottle is well-worth the investment. I defy you not to love it!

Here’s a video from the Benefit beauties on how to apply your HighBeam to achieve maximum gorgeousness!